I chose the Eagle as one of my photos because the eagle represents freedom. The eagle soars through the skies so elegantly and with grace. The eagle teaches us to use our energies for the greatest good, and to use them wisely. We, as humans, need to learn when to accelerate and when to coast. The eagle represents salvation, redemption and resurrection for me. It is a symbol of strength.
Next to my desk I have Psalm 103:5 & Isaiah 40:31 written out. Psalm 103:5 …”who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Isaiah 40:31…”but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run an not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I read how a mother eagle gets her young to fly. It is so fascinating. It’s a picture of how God deals with us. An eagle builds it’s nest on top of a tall tree or cliff where predators would have a difficult time reaching her young. When the mother feels the young are ready she will urge them to fly. If they will not move she will slowly begin to take the nest apart. She will eventually destroy the nest so that the young eagles will have to leave their home. When the mother eagle does succeed in getting the young eagle to the top of the nest, she then nudges it off. The young eagle can fly or fall. The mother eagle will fly just above the young and will sweep down and catch him or her if they continue to fall. And she will start the process over. She will continue to do this until the little one flys.
This is the same thing God does with us. He continues to get us to fly. And the good news is that when we do fly He remains with us. We, at times, do not listen to His ways, or believe His promises. We find ourselves in ruts, we find ourselves wanting to do our own thing and then it feels like our security nest is destroyed causing us to return to Him and do it His way. He teaches us to be strong. He gives us the strength we need to face every obstacle, every challenge with love.